KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Banking Group has provided more than 20,000 packed meals and snacks to about 2,000 frontliners at eight hospitals handling Covid-19 cases.
Since March 23, RHB has been delivering 450 packed meals daily to Sungai Buloh Hospital, Serdang Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Selayang Hospital, Putrajaya Hospital and Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
With the inclusion of Sultanah Aminah Hospital Johor Baru and Sarawak General Hospital, total packed meals delivered daily increased to 600, which will continue until the end of the movement control order (MCO) period.
The deliveries include snacks such as energy bars and drinks which are in short supply at the hospitals.
“Apart from ensuring that our healthcare frontliners receive proper meals daily, we are also able to support small catering businesses and their suppliers, enabling them to continue earning income during the MCO period, ” said RHB Banking Group managing director Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli.
RHB Banking Group has thus far pledged RM3mil to assist in the fight against Covid-19.
This includes RM1mil to the Health Ministry for the continuous supply of PPE and another RM1mil to Mercy Malaysia through the Association of Banks in Malaysia for various initiatives to stem the spread of Covid-19.
The balance of RM1mil will be used for other relief programmes that RHB will implement to assist those impacted by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, LBS Bina Group Bhd together with its philanthropic arm LBS Foundation contributed RM1mil to the national Covid-19 fund.
LBS Foundation board of trustees Tan Sri Lim Hock San handed over the donation to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof at the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) in Putrajaya.
Since March 18, LBS Foundation has contributed supplies such as tents, industrial fans, drinking water, surgical masks, hand sanitisers and gloves to various organisations.
LBS Foundation also donated RM80,000 to the Selangor, Pahang and Perak Covid-19 funds.
On another front, the Indonesian National Commission for Youth (KNPI) had sought humanitarian assistance from the Asean Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Association (Asean-ACRA) to relieve the plight of migrant workers who lost their livelihood due to the MCO.Asean-ACRA president Datuk Seri Dr Ricky Yaw said that following the request from KNPI, the association organised fundraising activities that its members, business partners and merchants responded to positively.
The funds were used to buy foodstuff such as rice, cooking oil, condensed milk, malt drink, eggs, biscuits, instant noodles, canned sardines, salt and soya sauce for distribution to 300 families.
“If there is further request for food for foreign workers, the association will continue to help out, ” Yaw said.